Junior college transfer Jesse Mahelona burst onto the Tennessee football scene in a big way in 2004 being named All-America by The Sporting News.
Showing an uncanny ability to disrupt opponent offenses, Mahelona had 18.5 tackles for loss to finish sixth on UTís season TFL chart. He is second on Tennessee ball-carrier loss charts with 13.5 (tackles for loss that do not include sacks).
Mahelona recorded multiple sacks in six games in 2004 and had five in an impressive outing against Notre Dame Nov. 6, a performance that earned him SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. He had 42 tackles overall and nine quarterback hurries.
He was a second team All-SEC selection as named by Associate Press and the league coaches.